Art Director, 3D

Job Locations CA-BC-Vancouver
Posted Date 5 months ago(5/19/2021 12:50 PM)
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WildBrain Studios is looking for an experienced Art Director to join our team! In this role you will play a key role in controlling the overall visual direction. Working closely with directors and clients, you will create cutting-edge, appealing and fresh new looks for each show by infusing them with the latest trends in design. This is an exciting opportunity for an Art Director to be the driving force on some of the top brands in children’s entertainment.


In the Night Garden has been a staple of kids’ TV for over a decade, as a show uniquely designed to relax and calm its audience while entertaining them. Created by the team that brought you Teletubbies, the original style of In the Night Garden included a mix of live action costumed actors, puppetry, stop-motion and 2D animation.  Our goal is to retain this original diverse, imaginative style while moving the show fully into photorealistic 3D animation, produced in our Unreal Engine pipeline.


Join us as we recreate a large cast of wonderfully silly characters beloved by children and parents worldwide, and take them on brand new imaginative journeys to new places and new friends. Set in a magical forest, dappled with beautiful sunlight and colourful flowers, the series has a stunning look and a whimsical nursery rhyme picture book feel, as well as musical elements. This magical series is a very special one, and we are excited to be part of it.



We are currently working virtually because of the Covid-19 pandemic. During this time our hiring teams are ready to support interviews via video conferencing, and we are enabling artists to work from home until the studio can reopen. We’d love to hear from you! #stayhomestaysafe



  • Based on Client needs, establish and refine show style in partnership with the Series Director
  • Provide detailed direction to design team per ongoing feedback/updates from the Series Director/Client
  • Develop and oversee show-specific style guides and communicate them to the design team
  • Ensure viability while maximizing artistic objectives
  • Collaborate with clients on designs that need special direction
  • Directly contribute to project design
  • Collaborate with modelling, surfacing, lighting and FX departments to ensure render style matches show art direction
  • Provide Art Direction feedback, bid times, and recommendations in breakdown meetings
  • Provide quality assurance of all creative deliverables
  • Proactively ensure that concepts, designs and desired outputs are obtained within the project timeline and budget
  • Identify actions necessary to achieve task completion and to obtain results while meeting schedules, deadlines and performance goals
  • Adapt traditional methods, concepts, models, designs, technologies or systems to new applications and devise new approaches to improve current processes and workflow
  • Foster and enable communication and collaboration across departments
  • Work with production team to identify appropriate staffing levels and needs
  • Determine and understand the needs, interests, strengths and weaknesses of the design team and use this information to contribute to the growth and development of the design team



  • 3+ years experience leading a design team in animation or television
  • Understanding of the translation from 2D artwork to 3D models
  • Strong 3D design experience for animation an asset
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, and multi-tasking skills
  • Experience in supervising and training, as well as leadership qualities
  • Ability to identify strengths and weakness of design team
  • Ability to remain flexible and adaptable to meet the changing needs of production
  • BA/BFA degree in fine arts or commercial arts field an asset


Why WildBrain?


At WildBrain Studios our teams dig into a diverse range of projects – from preschool and comedy to action-adventure, and work with international partners such as Apple, Netflix, LEGO, DreamWorks, BBC, Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon and more. We produce high quality Flash, Harmony, and Maya animated series. Aside from awesome projects and partners, WildBrain puts our people first, here are just a few of the ways:

  • Great benefits that make employees feel truly valued including a customizable extended health and dental plan
  • Generous RRSP matching
  • Bonus time off



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